The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

Blessed Passover

Today’s Word:

“The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel” (Psalm 98:2-3)


On This Date…

On April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare died at age 52; he is buried near the main altar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he had been baptized. The home in which he was born still stands, preserved and open to visitors.

On April 23, 2016, today, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover (beginning last evening at sundown), an eight-day feast that will conclude on April 30th; families gather to share the seder meal on the first and second nights of Passover, recalling how God led the people out of slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The cups of red wine recall the lamb’s blood on their doorposts saving them from the angel of death; the unleavened bread recalls their quick departure, before the bread could rise.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel”. Blessed Passover to all.

– Father McLaughlin

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Holy Ground

Today’s Word:

“Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5)


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The Archmere Cross

Archmere’s 27th Annual Memorial Mass was held in The Patio today at 10:00 AM. After Communion Mr. Carl Campion ’76 read the names of the 28 alumni, faculty, and staff who have died since the last Memorial Mass (March 8, 2015). A total of 113 faculty and staff have died, 50 of them Norbertines and 10 of them alumni; a total of 608 alumni, alumnae, and students have also died. All of their names were printed in the Mass booklet and shown during a video presentation after the reading of the 28 names.

At Mass we heard God say to Moses at the Burning Bush, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”. The Patio is truly “holy ground,” made so in great measure by those we remembered today. Through the mercy of God may they rest in peace.

– Father McLaughlin